American Gods: Author's Preferred Text by Neil GaimanAmerican Gods: Author's Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman

American Gods: Author's Preferred Text

byNeil Gaiman

Paperback | February 5, 2013

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It has been a decade since #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman (Sandman, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book) rocked the literary world with American Gods—his breathtaking tale of the war on Earth between old gods and new. For those who have yet to experience Gaiman’s bestselling tour de force—a novel USA Today called “a powerful, searing force that makes readers confront what is real and what is not”—and for those eager to enter this astonishing world again, comes the Author’s Preferred Text 10th Anniversary Edition. Winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Bram Stoker Awards, with a special introduction by the author, this is American Gods as Neil Gaiman always meant it to be.

Neil Gaiman is the #1New York Timesbestselling author of more than twenty books, and is the recipient of numerous literary honors. Originally from England, he now lives in America.
Title:American Gods: Author's Preferred TextFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:560 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1.26 inShipping dimensions:8 × 5.31 × 1.26 inPublished:February 5, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062080237

ISBN - 13:9780062080233


Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of my favorite books ever As a huge fan of fantasy and mythology, this was the perfect combination for me. Gaiman builds this whole new world and understanding of gods in the Western hemisphere, and intertwines the old myths with newer concepts. Granted, sometimes Gaiman's writing is a bit difficult to get through, but if you love mythology (of any culture) and fantasy, then I would definitely recommend giving this book a try. I promise you won't be disappointed.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good except for the ending Honestly was enjoying a lot of the characters, and kept wondering where it was going, and was disappointed by the ending...really thought this was great until the big reveal.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Booooo After finishing the book, my external exclamation was "that book was so annoying!" This is the second Neil Gaiman (The River At The End Of The Lane -or whatever- being the other). My disappointment in this book, was so encompassing, I'm surprised I got through the whole thing. The author's writing is awkward through the entire book. I'm all for people having a style and sticking to it, but I draw the line when I have to re-read lines 3-4 times before I understand the context. I also found his prose difficult to follow grammatically. I'm the last person to hold commas to their designated spots, but i found many sentences structured in a way that seemed backward (here is an example in my own words - not a quote from the book: Brown and leafy they were stopping, the bags at the check out counter) - SO ANNOYING! The writing only exacerbates the complex concept that the author is trying to relay. Neat idea (especially in 2016 with social media), horribly carried out - it had SO MUCH potential - the concept of new gods being computers and media, the imagery of people "worshipping" at the alter of their screens blew my mind! But the author didn't explore that - it was little more than a side note - BOO! I was ready to love this book, this author and prepared to read Neverwhere. Alas, it is not to be. Highly disappointing. And a waste of my time.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it If you are a fan of mythology this book will satisfy your mind.
Date published: 2018-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not for me I can tell a lot of thought went into this novel but unfortunately, it just wasn't for me. You might like it if you're a fantasy lover. I'll stick to my literary fiction.
Date published: 2018-06-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not my favorite from Gaiman I am new to Gaiman but so far I have enjoyed every book so far. This one though didn't sit well with me. I was maybe expecting something different but i didn't really understand a lot of the mythology and i think some of the symbolism was just lost on me.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A masterpiece This is the book that made me a Neil Gaiman fan! I love mythology, and his characters, both old gods and new, are so vivid and richly described. The moment I finished it, I wanted to read it all over again! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Better than the show Not a fan of all the unnecessary sex scenes in the show, much prefer the book that sticks to its plot and amazing characters.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from American Gods Found it slow in the beginning, but overall enjoyed the book.
Date published: 2017-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I grew up reading Percy Jackson so for me, this was a more mature version of the stories I loved as a kid. Story is really original, and addresses societies obsession with technology. Ending had me wondering how I didn't see it coming.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Who do you worship? Neil Gaiman is one of the finest fiction writers of our generation. American Gods is a meandering journey across America that challenges beliefs and has our beliefs challenge us.
Date published: 2017-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So creative! As a mythology lover this was definitely a treat!
Date published: 2017-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It I finally got around to reading this and was not disappointed at all. I've read 2 of his other books so I already knew what to expect, but this novel blew my mind. I can't wait to read more from Neil!
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant & inventive American Gods is an engrossing read, cleverly interweaving mythology and gods from different cultures into a modern-day setting. Every time a new character was introduced, I found myself looking them up to figure out which god they are and what their story/mythology is. There are some who might find some of the storyline in the book disjointed or "random", but if you know the background of the characters and what they represent, it is brilliant! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fire book was fire, start to finish.
Date published: 2017-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing This book was so engrossing and it has inspired me so much, and i believe it will continue to inspire me thoughout my life. Neil Gaiman is a genious
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book This is a long book but didn't bore me for a single page. I loved the concept of old gods vs. new and loved the character development that went into the story telling. All aspects of this book were wonderfully written.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing This is such a great novel, I have read other novels by this author and he never disappoints. The show is amazing as well. Read first then watch the show, its great.
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought this book in anticipation of the show, and it blew me away, hopefully the show can do this amazing book justice.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wondeful Wonderful book by Neil Gaiman. He always delivers an original story and intriguing characters. Was an addictive read.
Date published: 2017-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kept me interested the whole time There are a lot of twists and turns in this one, and a unique take on old gods
Date published: 2017-05-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from American Gods - a Gaiman book that fell short. American Gods is very Gaiman-esk in tone, prose, and creepiness factor, and yet it fell short for me for some reason. The first thing that kind of took me aback a bit was how sexually explicit it was. Now, I am no prude, one of my favourite shows/book series is Game of Thrones, but with this being my third Gaiman novel I just wasn't prepared for how R-rated it was. The mythology and multiple gods were also very hard to follow. I must admit for the 100 pages of the book I didn't catch on to Wednesday being an incarnation of the Norse god Odin. Going back it was blatantly obvious, but for whatever reason it just went completely over my head. With that said, however, I did like the fact that Gaiman was imaginative enough to have old gods (Norse, Pagan, etc.) battle the new gods (Television, Money, etc.) Also, I really enjoyed the fact that the Egyptian gods ran a funeral parlour, I don't know why but it cracked me up. Shadow's character was by far the best, by the way. His character was developed really well, and I totally dug his nonchalantness towards some of the bigger plot twists, I won't spoil them here but let me say I was shook. I liked this book enough to maybe pick up its spin off, Anansi Boys, but I think when I do decide to dive back into the weird that is Gaiman it will be with Stardust.
Date published: 2017-05-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Okay I just couldn't get into it; it's overlong and plainly just kind of a bore.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Well-written, with many twists and turns. It's oddly poignant, too. Neil Gaiman is a genius!
Date published: 2017-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Nice mix between road novel and myth.
Date published: 2017-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from American Gods Neil Gaiman is a literary genius. I have enjoyed every novel of his I have read so far and will continue to read the rest of his novels. American Gods did not fall short although it is not my favorite novel of his, it was still very intriguing and full of excitement. The ending included a fantastic twist and was a great conclusion to the story. I cant imagine a better ending for this novel.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Book! You'll get wrapped up in the mythology of this novel. I can't wait for the TV Series. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my all time favourites This is one of my absolute favourite books and I always enjoy reading and re-reading it.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from worth the read thought some parts in the middle dragged a bit but it came together at the end in a surprising way
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book Very intriguing - easy to read but not boring. Great twist toward the end.
Date published: 2017-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hidden gods everywhere! Another amazing book by this author, I could not put it down! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview Masterfully woven story of the relationship between past and present, fantasy and reality. A challenging read - and highly rewarding - if you're unfamiliar with mythology. For mythology lovers, this is a thrilling ride.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great urban fantasy ! Best novels of Gaiman ! Recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The adventure of a lifetime Gaimans use of mythology is incredible. you wont put this book down
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Kinda weird Unusual. Can;t wait for the tv series
Date published: 2017-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read! Happy I purchased this. A great read and one of Gaiman's best.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Another great book by Neil Gaiman. The world he paints is rich and intricate; it really draws you in. However I found the story was hard to follow, given that the overarching plot was interrupted frequently with snippets of from different characters' points of view. I think it deserves another read to truly appreciate it. Still thoroughly enjoyed it!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Found some parts hard to get through because I took a while to finish it. I enjoyed this book much more the second time around.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good #plumreview A good, but not greatfantastical novel
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! A fantastic book and a fascinating universe. It's not always easy to read, though, but it's worth it.
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gaiman's Hugo-winning travelogue I enjoyed the world and I enjoyed the characters. But I felt a little let down by the conclusion of the novel. And the short vignettes about the 'other' Gods never connected with me (or the story, in truth). Its the first of any of Gaiman's works that I've read. I liked it and would probably read other things from him. But his novels tend to fall into the SFF subgenres that don't interest me much
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Verging of the edge of interesting, but not quite making it I am not generally a fan of Neil Gaiman but I thought I would try this book because I loved the work he did with Terry Pratchett. Out of Gaiman's books American Gods sounded the most interesting to me (and I liked that it wasn't part of a series). I found the story kept verging on the edge of interesting, like something riveting was about to happen, but it never did. Most of the characters were underdeveloped, and those that you did get a background for were not very interesting. I give this 3/5 for the reason that the concept is quite original, and out of the benefit of doubt since I think I was expecting more of a social commentary then is presented. It did not inspire me to purchase more books by this author.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite Gaiman This is Neil Gaiman's most celebrated work, and for good reason. This is a magical, epic story about Shadow, a recently released convict who is dealing with the death of this wife, Laura, and becomes caught up in a war between the old gods and the new gods of America, while embarking on a cross country road trip. Wonderful, vast, and steeped in the kind of mythology only Gaiman can create, this is the perfect book for any fantasy lover, young or old.
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not Favourite Gaiman This definitely is not my favourite Neil Gaiman book. It feels a little rough around the edges and not quite as developed as some of his other works. It is still enjoyable though and definitely reads as a love letter to America. I'm not sure how to categorize this book as it's a little bit of everything. Theres a bit of horror, a bit of fantasy, a bit of mystery. To me this book would almost been better done if some of the side stories were separate novels and this was a little more focused.
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unique and Surprising Gaiman is always unique in his stories and this is no exception.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Strange & Beautiful The second I finished it, I started back from page 1. Definitely one of my all-time faves. This is about a lot more than just gods of different religions. Just read it to find out because I could never do it justice in a review.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from destined classic Just read it. It'll beat your expectations.
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Weird but Amazing!!! This is definitely a strange book but its an amazing, original world with really great characters! I loved reading it!
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read I was recommended this book by a friend and ever since buying it and reading it, I have recommended it to friends as well. It is such an interesting and powerful story. The story is very well-written and executed nicely. I am not aware of the different cultures and their gods, so I would take time to do a quick search. It opens your eyes to a lot of personalities and traits as well.
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pick up this version I read the regular version in high school and loved it. Reading the author's preferred text is even better! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stunning in it's scope and execution Gaiman paints a rich and fantastical world unlike anything else available in adult fiction. Excellent writing, a compelling plot, and a diverse cast of characters makes this book an excellent read, even for those who prefer to avoid books in which mythology plays a central role.
Date published: 2016-11-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Something Out of the Ordinary! I received this book as a gift and, being a classical mythology nerd, I was really excited to read this. What I got, however, was something I never expected! Although this book references different Gods, I was surprisingly pleased that it didn't focus only on Greek/Roman Gods. Instead, it has a wealth of information and Gods that I never learned about before. This is a new and different story, unlike anything else I have read. It is brilliantly researched and written. If you like an adventure that keeps you thinking along the way, this is the book for you!
Date published: 2015-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read! Finally read this classic by Mr. Gaiman. Despite its size, the book reads well with crisp dialogue and a pantheon of characters. The fate of old World Gods in the lands of America is a geat tale of myth, action and existentialism. Loved it.
Date published: 2013-05-06

Editorial Reviews

"American Gods is like a fast run downhill through a maze -- both exhilarating and twisted."